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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: " Shayne Nelson" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2018 17:17:38 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Pleased to me you

Dear Partner,

I am Mr.Shayne Nelson, an employee of Banco Itaú, here in São Paulo, Brazil. I have an urgent and a

very confidential business proposition for
you. In January 2001,late Mr. Paul Louis Halley made a numbered-time(fixed deposit) for twelve

calendar months valued at US$78,500,000.00(Seventy Eight million Five hundred thousand United States

Dollars) in a domiciliary account in my branch. Late Mr. Paul Louis Halley 69yrs, was the seventh

richest man in France, and his wife. Mr. Hans Frans Walter Brams, 46yrs, a Belgian pilot died on 6

December, 2003 near Oxford's airport plane crash of Socata TBM 700 aircraft crash.


After several unsuccessful attempts, I have decided to go over the Internet, to try and see if any

one could be of assistance to me. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and

property left behind by my client before they are confiscated or declare unserviceable by the bank

where this huge deposits were lodged. The deceased had an account valued at about (US$78,500,000.00)

Seventy Eight million Five Hundred thousand Dollars). My bank has issued me a notice to provide the

next of kin, or have the account confiscated within the next Thirty official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years now, I seek your consent to

present you as the next of kin to the deceased and your last name is immaterial since this can be

worked out so that the proceeds of this account valued at (US$78,500,000.00) can be paid to you and

then you and I can share the money in the ratio of 2:3.

Note that it does not matter whether you are biologically related to the deceased or not as a next of

kin may be a parent,sister, brother, close relative, associate, friend or even a wellwisher. All I

require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be

executed under a legitimate arrangement. You can contact me through this private e-mail address

( and enclose your private telephone number for easy communication.

Best Regards,

Mr. Shayne Nelson.

Paul Louis Halley Inheritance...

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